Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
DOINews: USGS Directors Attended Water Sustainability Forum Hosted by Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz
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David Helweg, Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Interim Director, and Stephen Anthony, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center Director, attended the Water Sustainability Forum hosted by United States Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on August 19, 2013 in Honolulu, HI.
This forum focused on current and future water supply and management issues and included a variety of perspectives on Hawaii's water availability. Participants examined the projected impacts of climate change and federal resources to support water management in Hawaii. In convening this discussion, Senator Schatz aimed to ensure that his legislative priorities are supportive of Hawaii's most urgent needs and to ensure that policymakers in Hawaii are aware of relevant federal resources.